I do not usually read historical romances, but after reading Kate Loveday’s contemporary Australian romance, Inheritance, I wanted to know if her other works was as good. I think there is there is a richness to her writing. She may be Australia’s answer to Barbara Taylor Bradford. Jeannie Jackson - Reviewer
This is a story of a woman pitted against the ruthless powers of the Victorian age - a legal system that denied a woman's right to her own property if she married and a social structure that expected a woman to submit to even the most bullying of husbands. But Kitty is not the sort of woman to easily admit defeat. With great courage and intelligence, she carves out a new life for herself, though not without tragedy. In the end, she achieves a bitter sweet triumph that will both surprise and satisfy the reader.
Review by Jacqueline Winn Australian Author
It’s a story that is set in the earlier part of Australia’s history and although the formality is there, with people addressing each other as ‘Miss Morland’ or ‘Mr Cavanagh’ the story is totally absorbing.
Kate Loveday writes beautifully, in a free-flowing, easy to read style. Her writing is pleasantly descriptive and the reader can see the setting of each scene as easily as if they were in the book themselves. Sarah Cook, Reviewer & Freelance Editor
It is often a spur-of-the-moment decision that can become a turning point in life.
So it is for Kitty Morland, a young woman in London in 1878.
Cheated of her birthright and condemned to a soul-destroying existence, Kitty yields to temptation one fateful day and steals a pocketful of diamonds. Realisation of the possible terrifying consequences forces her to flee to the other side of the world, to Australia, taking her widowed mother, Bella, with her.
Fearful that her past will catch up with her she marries William, an English aristocrat, and moves from Sydney to Redwoods in Bulahdelah, a remote logging area in the mid north of New South Wales – a place of red-cedar forests, wild rivers, and the loneliness of an early settlement. Kitty needs all her courage and determination to survive a loveless marriage, dominated by a husband with a dark side to his character. She realises too late that the passion she feels for Rufe Cavanagh, a charismatic and entrepreneurial colonial, is reciprocated.
Kitty finally has a chance for love and happiness but, torn between love and duty, she must make a difficult decision that will affect the lives of others. How will she decide?
WHAT HISTORICAL FICTION DOES BEST
In An Independent Woman, Kate Loveday does what historical fiction does best: letting us, the readers, live another life in a time and place that was. In this novel, that is late-Nineteenth Century Australia, a land just being settled, half civilized, half wild. Into this setting sails Kitty Morland, a determined young woman fleeing loss of social status and a desperate, perhaps criminal act in England. In Australia, she contracts an apparently advantageous marriage that brings her to a mansion amid the remote logging country of Bulahdelah. In that setting, tragically, she learns of the darkness in her once-attractive husband and learns that, even half a world away from England, she cannot escape her past there.
Ms. Loveday's novel has everything for which one could ask in a historical novel: clear, compelling prose; engaging, well-drawn characters who mirror their place and time; and a complex, fast-moving plot involving domestic tragedy, diamonds, the perils of a logging camp and of a gold-mining town, a love banned by the time's laws of marriage, and a crime with results that span years and half a world. All of these elements take place in a vividly realized setting of frontier Australia with frontier Sydney, immense, exotic forests, wild rivers, and the loneliness of pioneer settlements. These make An Independent Woman a novel that will tempt you to read it in a single setting......Alfred D Byrd – American Author
What Goodreads has to say...
An Independent Woman is a wonderful and unique Australian historical romance. There is there is a richness to Kate Loveday’s writing. She may be Australia’s answer to Barbara Taylor Bradford.